Portsmouth High School is delighted to share the successes of Year 10 pupils in The Biology Challenge, an international competition consisting of multiple choice questions under supervised examination conditions.
Questions are set on the school curriculum, but the competition also rewards those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programs, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest and are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.
This year’s Portsmouth High School Year 10 pupils entered the competition as part of the school’s Gifted, Able, Talented and Enrichment (GATE) programme as it offers an ideal opportunity for stretch and challenge.
Six pupils received a commended certificate; 7 pupils received a highly commended certificate; Charlotte, Gabby, Hannah, Daisy and Lucy received a Bronze certificate; Florence, Amelie and Ella achieved Silver and Anusha received the highest award, a gold certificate.
This year 41,000 students entered the challenge and only 5% received a gold certificate and 10% a silver, so it really highlights how well the girls performed.
We would like to congratulate all participants and hope they make full use of their prize, a free Royal Society of Biology BioNet membership for one year and the girls can look forward to being awarded their certificates in the next celebration assembly.
Mrs Caroline Morgan, their biology teacher, added: ‘I am extremely proud of our students. They have worked hard all year, achieved excellent end of year summer assessment results and now the ultimate achievement of winning awards in this national biology competition. Well done to them all.’